Local News
8:29 am
Thu March 5, 2015

3/4/14 - Legislators hear from advocate who opposes Medicaid expansion

Legislators hear another perspective as they consider a proposal by Gov. Bill Walker to expand Medicaid to low-income Alaskans Legislators, aides and others heard an alternate viewpoint on Medicaid expansion from a senior fellow with an organization that has referred to the "dangers" expansion poses in states that opt for it.


Christie Herrera, with the Foundation for Government Accountability, spoke to problems that she said some states have experienced. Herrera spoke during an informal "lunch and learn," sponsored by Sen. Mike Dunleavy.


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Local News
7:11 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

3/3/15 - Heroin use on the rise in Alaska

Drug abuse may become epidemic

Heroin use is on the rise in Alaska. Bureau of Investigation Commander Jeff Laughlin says the trend is expected to continue, and he believes it could become an epidemic. Nome Mayor Denise Michels says heroin and methamphetamine use are a major concern for nearby communities that lack a state law enforcement presence.


Platinum Mine manager pleads guilty to environmental crimes

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Local News
7:17 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

3/3/15 - Tuluksak again without power

$600,000 need to fix problems caused by poor management, maintenance

Tuluksak residents are now on the backup to the backup electric generator. The state flew out a second generator over the weekend after part of the fan assembly failed Thursday, leaving the community without power for days for the second time in four months. Power was restored Sunday. Alaska Energy Authority Policy and Outreach Manager Emily Ford says the latest failure is not a complete surprise.


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Local News
2:37 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

3/2/15 - State faces huge gap between need and funding for rural sanitation

State contributes 25% required match for federal funds

Members of the Legislative Bush Caucus last week in a “Lunch and Learn” session on rural sanitation were told about 900 million dollars is needed to build, replace and maintain rural sanitation systems. Last year the state put about $9 million, and federal agencies put $51 million, toward rural sanitation in Alaska. The combined 60 million dollars is less than half the amount allocated ten years ago.

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Local News
5:30 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

2/27/15 - Ancient Yup'ik way of healing being revived to prevent suicide, other social ills

Elders teach the laws of “living in ultimate purity,” as a way of healing

By Sophie Evan, KYUK

Health care providers in Bethel are reviving "Calricaraq," an ancient Yup'ik holistic way to live a long, healthy, and balanced life. The Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation’s Preventative Services Department is bringing back a system that’s meant to guide the Yup'ik, or “real people” in Yup'ik, from conception to adulthood. They hope it will help curb alarming suicide rates and tough social issues facing Yup’ik people today.

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